Northeast Times

 Articles by Ruth Rovner

Northern Liberties Dancer Sparkles (Literally) in 'The Nutcracker'

Pennsylvania Ballet soloist Barette Vance Widell, a Northern Liberties resident, lights up this stage in performances at the Academy of Music


A different war story

For Cody Nickell, a stage play focusing on two slaves, a wounded Confederate soldier and a life-changing Passover seder required some out-of-the-norm research.


Up to the challenge

Kevin Meehan has had roles in varied productions ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary comedy. But his role in the Wilma Theater’s current production is unlike anything he’s done.


A profound experience

For Fox Chase actor David Bardeen, his role in a play about clashing religious ideologies demands a lot of intensity.


Knows her stuff

Becoming a docent at the Museum of American Jewish History requires more than a quick crash course. It’s clear to museum visitors that Laurie Gottlieb has passed the test.


Living in the past

Being a storyteller for the popular ‘Once Upon a Nation’ program demands a lot of Katie Stickney. She’s outgoing. She can be quite dramatic. And she knows her Philly history.


Guiding through 350 years of Jewish history

Inside the Museum of American Jewish History, Laurie Gottlieb stood in front of an unusual display — a full-scale covered wagon.


Not the same old story with 'Once Upon A Nation'

Local storytellers help to give Philly's deep history some extra drama and detail.


Enjoying a change of scenery

The actors on the Walnut Street Theatre stage look good. But Dan Schultz has the challenging job of making the stage look good.


Fairmount actress takes on challenging role

Wendy Staton recalled her reaction when she first saw ’Night, Mother performed on the stage. “It had my heart beating,” she said. “I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I didn’t know what was going to happen.”